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Child Development

No matter how old your child is, chances are they're still developing in one way or another. Below you will find some great resources regarding child development. Brief descriptions of each website as well as a key feature have been listed along with the link to each site.

Your Child's Growth and Development from Johns Hopkins Medicine

Provides information about child development from newborn to 18 years of age, including:

  • What can my child do?
  • What can my child say?
  • What does my child understand?
  • How does my child interact with others?

Key feature: Each section ends with tips to help increase your child's development and emotional security.

Maryland Healthy Beginnings from Maryland State Department of Education and Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Center for Technology in Education

Provides information specifically designed for caregivers of children birth to 3 years of age.

Key features:

  • Activity Planner to help you find activities that you can do to promote early learning
  • Personal and Social Development Charts
  • Complete downloadable PDF guide


Child Development Guide from Centers for Disease Control

Provides information about your child's development, birth to 19 years of age, including:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Moral

Key feature: Each section has "suggested behaviors for effective parenting."

Developmental Milestones from Centers for Disease Control

Provides information about your child's development, ages 2 months to 5 years, including:

  • Social and emotional development
  • Language/communication development
  • Cognitive development (learning, thinking, and problem-solving)
  • Movement/physical development

Key feature: Downloadable milestone checklist

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones from the National Institute of Health and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Provides information about:

  • Speech and language development
  • Milestones for speech and language development
  • Information regarding speech and language disorders
  • Resources and information about speech and language delays

Key feature:Baby hearing checklist

Parent Resources from International Reading Association

Features book recommendations and brochures about supporting young readers

Reading Rockets funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

Features reader guides, tip sheets, and discussion guides

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Features information about:

  • Patient Care; evaluation and treatment
  • Research and Training: programs and studies
  • Special Education: schools and programs
  • Community: programs and resources


Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Features information about the talent search process for Pre-K - high school students, online classes, and summer enrichment opportunities.


Updated 05/02/2014